If you follow the news regularly, then chances are you’ve heard a good deal about medical cannabis over the last few years. For decades, its proponents have argued that cannabis has a number of legitimate medical uses and can be a useful tool for treating an array of conditions, many of which we currently only have limited treatment options for. While most agree that cannabis is not quite the panacea that many of its most vocal supporters have sought to portray it as, that it does have legitimate uses which are worthy of further investigation is now beyond doubt.
The cannabis plant contains a great many different compounds, each of which has its own distinct biological effect profile. The compound thought to be responsible for most or all of cannabis’s therapeutic effects is cannabidiol, or CBD. CBD is not psychoactive, meaning that it does not cause intoxication or feeling ‘high’ even though it still works in the same areas of the brain as compounds like THC, which do cause psychoactive effects.
CBD is now available in a variety of preparations and can be administered through various different means to either people or animals. The medical and scientific evidence supporting its use as an intervention in a number of medical conditions continues to grow and is now widely accepted.
In this article we take a look at some of the ways that CBD Oil can be used to improve quality of life in pets facing a variety of health issues.
One of the greatest challenges in modern medicine has been devising ways of managing pain which are safe and effective in the long term. Currently, the most effective painkilling drugs we have are opioids, but the painkilling effects of these drugs cannot be separated from their addictive and euphoria inducing effects.
CBD oil for cats offers a potentially revolutionary treatment for chronic pain sufferers, and studies have shown it to be effective in both humans and their pets. CBD oil isn’t addictive and there is no development of tolerance. Coupled with its astronomically high overdose level, CBD oil is the safest long-term pain treatment option we know of.
Many pet owners have found that by adding a little bit of CBD oil into their pet’s food they have reduced the signs of stress and agitation in their pets. This correlates with what we know about CBD in human beings, that it has calmative and anxiolytic effects that are on par with drugs like benzodiazepines. Unlike benzodiazepines however, CBD oil is not addictive and doesn’t lead to a build up in tolerance and a subsequent need to raise the dosage.
Because CBD oil is so effective at reducing stress and calming people, and animals, it greatly reduces insomnia and sleep deprivation that is rooted in fear and anxiety. When our pets are having trouble sleeping it is a lot harder to figure out why – after all pets can’t explain their emotions to us – and because of this, CBD oil is a great first line treatment to try in order to improve the amount of sleep and the quality of sleep that they get.
CBD oil is a safe and effective supplement which can treat an array of health conditions in cats and greatly improve their quality of life as they age and grow.
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